Brief summary of venue

A multi-pitch trad climbing area with 39 climbs from grade 16 upwards in a pristine bushveld area with excellent hiking possible in the hills and gullies over the entire north and south range.

Permit/ permission info

The area is owned by the SA National Defence Force and written permission from the army is required. Apply well in advance.

Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg

3 ½ hours to army gate and another ½ hour to the camp area. A car with good ground clearance is required; 4×4 is advisable but not essential.

Parking information

Car camping, so park next to tents at the campsite; parking is free of charge and safe.

Info on walk in

The walk from the camp to the base of the climbs takes between half an hour to an hour for most climbs. It is possible to drive some way towards climbs that are further away.


Bush camping next to cars. There are no facilities available, nor are there any camping or access fees charged.

Availability of water for drinking

All water to be brought in.

Climbing route guide

RD available from MCSA Jhb Administrator, otherwise contact Ulrike Kiefer for a scanned copy.

Climbing information

39 recorded multi-pitch trad climbs, ranging between grades 16 and 20 up 200 to 300 meter cliffs. Climbing is mostly in the sun, but shade is possible. Walk off via various gullies.

Child friendly

Camping and hiking yes, climbing no.



Camp fires

Allowed at the camp site.

Other attractions

Pristine bushveld, with some game, as well as many birds and plants.


Absolutely safe as army territory is fenced in.


Access should be arranged with the army via the MCSA Jhb Section; private parties will not be allowed, Tel: 011 067 0326 15h00-18h00 weekdays), Fax: 011 067 0326, Email: For copies of the RD, contact Ulrike Kiefer, Email:


Mountaineering (climbing and hiking) is de facto an activity which carries certain inherent risks. Neither the MCSA, nor any of its members or representatives accept responsibility for any deaths, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any person or for any theft, loss or damage to any property that result from participation in MCSA activities, no matter in what manner caused and whether allegedly due to negligence or not.